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April 12, 2019

Walmart to add reusable bags to checkout carousels at US stores

Walmart is set to add reusable bags to checkout carousels at its stores in the US in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

Walmart is set to add reusable bags to checkout carousels at its stores in the US in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

The reusable bags, made using post-consumer recycled content, will be available for purchase across its stores starting next month.

According to CNN, the new bag is priced at $0.98.

The new assortment of bags, which will be placed around the store, is also expected to increase customer convenience.

Announced at its 2019 sustainability milestone summit, the move follows the recent announcement to make its private brand packaging 100% recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable by 2025.

The latest initiatives follow a series of plastic waste reduction commitments announced by the retailer in February.

Walmart also announced plans to increase the use of recycled polyester fibre with an aim to use 50% recycled content by 2025 as well as source 100% more sustainable cotton.

The retailer’s Canadian division is joining Project Gigaton, which was launched in 2017 with an aim to avoid one billion metric tonnes of emissions from global value chains by 2030.

“The progress to date shows how companies can contribute to climate action through practical actions all along the product supply chain.”

According to the company, the project reduced more than 93 million metric tonnes of emissions by working with its suppliers.

Walmart senior vice-president and chief sustainability officer Kathleen McLaughlin said: “We are encouraged by the engagement of our suppliers in Project Gigaton.

“To achieve our ambitious climate goals, we aim to expand and deepen that engagement. The progress to date shows how companies can contribute to climate action through practical actions all along the product supply chain.

“Ultimately, building sustainable supply chains requires collective action from everyone – not only our associates and suppliers, but customers, business in general, and civil society. We are excited to be part of the solution.”

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